Clifton Gardens

Morella Road , Clifton Gardens NSW 2088

One of the loveliest harbour beaches, a long slim stretch of sand with a lengthy jetty, a swimming enclosure, a playground and a large reserve behind. From the beach there are wonderful views over to Neilsen Park and the eastern suburbs, as well as the constant buzz of the harbour with the Manly ferries ploughing by.

Rocky bush-covered headlands enclose each end of the beach with bush behind, so the birdlife is plentiful and one feels far away from the big smoke.

The swimming enclosure covers one-half of the beach, the other half is open and often cleaner. The jetty is used by fishermen and is a lovely area for children to explore with their parents.

The large and flat reserve has lots of lovely trees, picnic tables, an excellent playground and space for games, bikes and general zooming around. The carpark is at one side of the reserve and there is no other road so this is a very safe place for kids.

  • Cafes: Kiosk.
  • Toilets: Yes, with change rooms and showers.
  • Shade: Trees on reserve, plus some shade from the cliffs at the eastern end of the beach.
  • Playground: Yes, a large climbing and slide structure at the eastern end of the reserve, plus swings and rockers.
  • Shark net: Yes.
  • Mum’s report: This is a lovely safe spot for kids. But do watch the jetty—it’s nervewracking watching a toddler set off at high speed along the jetty alone!
  • Extra: Taronga Park Zoo is a short drive away.
  • Parking: Pay carpark.
  • Bus stop nearby: Yes.


For more thorough reviews on Sydney’s Best Beaches for Kids, check out the guide written by Seana Smith (web link below). Seana blogs at Sydney Kids Food + Travel:

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Cost Per Child
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  • $10
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  • $100+

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